Since its founding by civic and cultural leaders in 1929, the Evanston Art Center has served as a setting for innovative contemporary art in the Midwest. Continuing this longstanding tradition of presenting thought-provoking exhibitions, the Art Center has asked a group of Chicago-based artists and designers who are at the forefront of their disciplines to collaborate on an exhibition exploring the relationship between art and fashion.
A reflection of today’s global culture, the line between both disciplines has increasingly blurred to produce hybrid art forms that bridge the worlds of culture and commerce.
Dimensional Lines: Art + Dress will explore this cultural phenomenon in the context of Chicago’s own vibrant contemporary art and fashion scenes. Its curator, Gillion Carrara, has enlisted an international group of artists and designers, including Fraser Taylor, Conrad Hamather, Beata Kania, Abigail Glaum-Lathbury, Anke Loh, Kristin Mariani, Katrin Schnabl, and Kristina Sparks. Each comes to the project with an established body of work and diverse experiences. These include producing illustrations for Andy Warhol at Interview Magazine to creating intricate embroideries in the couture ateliers of Givenchy in Paris.
This unique exhibition will offer visitors a rare opportunity to experience innovative art and design within the Center’s historic setting, a Tudor-style mansion nestled in parkland overlooking Lake Michigan. Designed by the noted Boston architect Richard Powers in 1926, it became the last mansion built in Evanston before the stock market crash of 1929.